Friday, May 15, 2015

How will the Labour Party choose its next leader?

This received from the Labour Party in the last few minutes:

Hi Thom,

Soon, you’ll be able to vote for the next Leader and Deputy Leader of our party.

Below is a guide to how and when it will happen. If you have any questions not answered here, get in touch with us at the email address at the bottom and we’ll try to get back to you.

1. You have one vote to cast for your choice of Leader and another for your choice of Deputy Leader

Unlike previous leadership elections, this election will be held on a one-person-one-vote basis. There are three sets of people who can vote:

  1. Labour Party members — that includes you
  2. Affiliated supporters — people who’ve signed up as a Labour Party supporter through one of our affiliated organisations or unions
  3. Registered supporters — people who’ve registered that they support the Labour Party by signing up online and paying a one-off minimum fee of £3
2. The nomination process will start on 15 May

Anyone that wants to be a candidate for the Leader or Deputy Leader of the Labour party needs to be nominated by 35 MPs.

MPs can nominate their preferred candidates for Leader and Deputy Leader from 9 June — you can track the progress of each candidate on our website where we’ll update the nominations at 12.30pm and 5.30pm each day. Nominations close on 15 June (Leader) and 17 June (Deputy Leader).

There will be more information to come later on how Constituency Labour Parties can make a supporting nomination.

From early June, the names and bios of any MPs putting themselves forward for nomination will be hosted on our website at

3. We will let you know the candidates for Leader on 15 June and the candidates for Deputy Leader on 17 June

We’ll send all members an email on 15 June to let you know who’s in the running to be Leader, and to give as many members as possible the chance to watch the different candidates speak, there will be a hustings in Scotland, Wales, and every region of England — we’ll email you details of your nearest hustings once the dates have been set.

Likewise we'll send all members an email on 17 June to tell you the candidates for Deputy Leader. Candidates for both positions will be on our website.

4. We must receive your votes by 12pm on Thursday 10 September for them to count

Voting ballots will be sent out on Friday 14 August. You’ll be able to vote by post or online.

5. Our next Leader and Deputy Leader will be announced on 12 September

We’ll announce the results at a Special Conference on 12 September, as well as on our website and via email. If you’re interested in attending the Special Conference, we’ll provide full details nearer the time.

Got a question that isn’t answered here?

If you can’t find an answer to your question, email us at and we’ll try to get back to you.


The Labour Party

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